EVN Bulgaria Unit Snapped Up on Bourse, BGN 93 M RaisedEnergy | December 21, 2011, Wednesday // 13:04| views
Bulgaria has sold almost all of its 33% stakes in Austria's EVN unit in the country right after the trade with its shares on the local stock exchange started on December 21, data from the bourse shows.
A total of 112,795 shares in the two companies - Electrosnabdiavane and Electrorazpredelenie - were sold, raising BGN 92.97 M, well above the government's target of BGN 78.4 M.
Bulgaria offered 62 106 shares in Electrosnabdiavane and 51 612 shares in Electrorazpredelenie at a minimum price per share of BGN 120.31 and BGN 1,373.92 respectively.
The average price achieved during the trade for the shares from the two companies was BGN 156.60 and BGN 1632.56 per share respectively, data showed.
The remaining 923 shares will be offered for sale Thursday.
Long before trading started, experts commented that the majority owner may buy out all shares right away because the terms of the tender allow that they all are offered for trade on the very first day.
Such a development would lead to the delisting of the two companies, which make up the power utility Bulgarian unit, they said.
Bulbrokers, a local financial and investment company, was picked in the middle of June to broker Bulgaria's 33% stake sale in Austria's EVN AG unit.
Experts have repeatedly called on the government to launch high-quality initial public offerings to bring back to life the capital market, dented by low liquidity and lack of quality stock, as well as to boost revenues.
That's why the sale of the minority stakes in the electricity distributors on the stock exchange was a must-do task for 2011.
In 2004, the Balkan country sold 67% in its three power distributors to Germany's E.ON, Austria's EVN and Czech CEZ.
E.ON serves households in North-Eastern Bulgaria, including the Black Sea city of Varna. Czech power utility CEZ supplies power to over 2 million households and companies in western Bulgaria, while EVN serves the south-eastern parts of the country.
At the beginning of December German electric energy company E.ON struck a deal to sell its Bulgarian unit E.ON Bulgaria to private Czech company Energo Pro.
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